Sunday, 1 October 2017

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West Allotment Celtic V Alnwick Town

Druid Park

Saturday 30th September 2017


West Allotment Celtic Football Club is a football club who currently play their home games at Druid Park, Woolsington in Newcastle Upon Tyne. They joined the Northern Alliance in 1983 and won the title 8 times before joining the Northern League in 2004. The club then won the Northern League Second Division at the first attempt, gaining promotion to Division One, where they remained until 2010-11 when they were relegated back to Division Two. In 2013-14 they finished 2nd and were Promoted back to division 1 but only lasted till 2016-17 when they finished bottom. 



In 2001, the club moved to Whitley Park in Benton after having acted as tenants at Hillheads in Whitley Bay from 1995. Allotment were to stay there until the end of the 2016/17 season, when a major rise in the rent by Northumberland FA priced the facilities beyond the means of the club. Following a frantic period of activity, the club has found another new home, this time at Druid Park in Woolsington, formerly the base of the long defunct Newcastle Blue Star club. So, although the club has moved ever further from West Allotment itself, it has overcome a fraught period when its very existence was at extreme risk; indeed, the club tendered its resignation from the Northern League, so desperate was the situation. The Wheatsheaf as it was formerly known is now a 3g pitch that is used for both Football and Rugby. Located quite close to Newcastle Airport As a result you can see the planes regularly taking off from the airport and there is a metro Station right next to the ground (Callerton Parkway) My Previous visit to watch West Allotment Celtic at Benton had come on the 28th November 2015 ground number 265 as Penrith won 4-0.


As it’s one of the closest grounds that I’ve not been to I didn’t need to leave home until 1320 arriving for 1435 having travelled quickly across the A69 and up through Ponteland. Parking up inside the ground along side the pitch The game was as comfortable for Allotment as you get. Goals from Oliver Martin, Bruno Mendes- Corriea and an own goal secured a 3-0 win for the North East side. An enjoyable day out if you fancy a spot of Plane spotting,Train spotting and Ground hopping all rolled into one this is the ground for you.

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Division :- Northern League Div 2

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1.00
Attendance 63
Score 3-0
Miles from Carlisle 54 Miles

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Alsager Town V Nostell Miners Welfare

Wood Park Stadium

Saturday 23rd September 2017

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Alsager Town Football Club is a football club, based in Alsager, Cheshire, England. The club are currently members of North West Counties League Division One and play at Wood Park Stadium. Established in 1968, the club joined the Mid-Cheshire League in the 1971–72 season.In 1973 they were renamed Alsager Town, a name they retained until 1985 when they became Alsager United. In 1988 the club reverted to its original name. They finished as runners-up in the Mid-Cheshire League in 1987–88, but left the league at the end of the season as they disbanded. The club reformed in 1989 and joined the Premier Division of the Crewe League. Two years later they moved up to the Mid-Cheshire League in 1991 and were placed in Division Two. After playing in the league for seven seasons, they switched to the Midland Football League in 1998. They finished as runners-up in their first season, earning promotion to Division Two of the North West Counties League. In 2001 the club were renamed for a fifth time, becoming Alsager Town again. They finished second in Division Two in North West Counties League, earning promotion to Division One. They won the Leek Cup in the same season.The 2005–06 season saw the club finish third in Division One, resulting in promotion to Division One of the Northern Premier League (NPL). At the end of their first season in the NPL the league added an extra division, resulting in Alsager Town being placed in Division One South. Although they finished fourteenth in the eighteen-club division in 2007–08, the club were relegated back into the renamed Premier Division of the North West Counties League after failing ground grading criteria. The club remained in the Premier Division until the end of the 2015–16 season when they were relegated to Division One.

Alsager Town V Nostell Miners Welfare 23-9-17 (2)

Alsager have played at Wood Park Stadium, originally known as the Town Ground, since 1968. The clubhouse suffered considerable damage by fire in July 2011, resulting in them largely playing away from home until November that year. It currently has a capacity of 3,000, of which 250 is seated and 1,000 covered. The committee of the N.W.C.F.L. were superb in the way they switched fixtures for The Bullets due to their problems, 99% of their games were played away from home until the November. A rebuilding programme got underway and things went well both on and off the pitch for the 2011-12 season due to the massive help from BAE Systems and their contractors, who helped in rebuilding the changing rooms so that football could return. Terry’s gang (The workers) then set about completing work around the new changing room complex which included the interior painting. Planning permission was sort after to build a new club house and virtually 12 months to the day that permission was granted. Then in late 2012 the Football Foundation granted Alsager Town over £85,000 and the new clubhouse was built and it opened on Boxing Day 2012. The club were given some old seats from Stoke City after they replaced them with new ones

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The day started out on the 0807 from Carlisle to Crewe. I’d booked the train tickets back in July in Virgin Trains Summer sale for £5 each way it was well worth the value. I had originally intended to go to Crewe V Carlisle but I was swaying back and forward with going elsewhere. When I arrived at Crewe I spent time at the Crewe Heritage Museum and they had a wheels of war Exhibition on that day so Entry was £3.50. (Normally £5) I was there 2 hours looking round all the exhibit's Including the old APT train and Old Exeter Signal Box. I had my lunch in the old Crewe Signal Box watching the train arrive in and out of Crewe Station.

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After that I had a quick pint in the pub with a few Carlisle Fans before heading to Crewe’s Old Programme shop just by the ground. I purchased a few old programmes for mainly 20p a time.


I then made my way to the Train station for 2pm as there was a 2.06 to Alsager. Once I’d seen the Carlisle Team on Twitter I decided to go to Alsager. I was in Alsager within 8 minutes and the walk to the ground took around 13 Minutes.


Alsager won this FA Vase game comfortably 5-1 goals from Attrell x3, Glover and Dylan Bath to be fair Nostell were never in the game I had to leave before then end to make sure I was on the 1649 to Crewe to connect with the 1709 back to Carlisle. I was well chuffed that I’d got a new ground in and seen 6 goals. Sadly or thankfully master tactician Keith Curle had masterminded a 5-0 away win at Crewe and I’d missed it. I joined the 20 minute late 1709 at Crewe and joined up with the rest of the happy Carlisle fans on the train home.

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Division:- North West Counties 1st Division
Ticket Price £6
Programme £1.50
Attendance 58
Score 5-1
Miles from Carlisle 142

Train tickets £5 each way plus Crewe to Alsager £3.70

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Tow Law Town V Crook Town

Saturday 9th September 2017

Ironworks Road

Fa Vase

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Tow Law Town Association Football Club is an English non-league football club from Tow Law, County Durham, currently playing in the Northern League Division Two, in the tenth level of the English football league system. The team, nicknamed "The Lawyers", play their home games at Ironworks Road. The club's fans are known as "The Misfits".

The club was founded in 1890 as Tow Law F.C., before adding the Town to their name in 1905, and throughout their history they have played in a number of local leagues including the Auckland and District League, the South Durham Alliance and the Crook and District League, before joining the Northern League in 1920. They have won the Northern League's Division Two twice—in 1988 and 1992—and its Division One on three occasions—in 1924, 1925 and 1995—but they have never been promoted or demoted from the Northern League since joining it more than 90 years ago.

In the 1967–68 season, the club had their best ever run in the FA Cup. After reaching the first round proper, they beat Mansfield Town 5–1 at Ironworks Road, and took Shrewsbury Town to a second round replay after a 1–1 draw at home. The team went into the third round draw and were drawn against Arsenal at home. However this never happened because they were beaten 6–2 by Shrewsbury in the replay. Arsenal were said to be "saved from a fate worse than death – a trip to Tow Law in January. In the summer of 1978, Chris Waddle started playing for the club. In the summer of 1980, while Waddle was working in a sausage factory, he was sold to Newcastle United for the fee of £1,000. Tow Law reached the final of the FA Vase in 1998, having progressed all the way from the first round, but were beaten by Tiverton Town in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The highest attendance figure recorded at Ironworks Road came when the team played Mansfield Town in the FA Cup first round in the 1967–68 season in front of a crowd of 5,500 people. 'The Lawyers' have been in the Northern League since 1920 and have played at Ironworks Road since the late 19th Century,their ground was built by volunteers during the mining strike in 1892/93.The ground features a main stand decked out in the clubs colours of black and white stripes,there is also a covered terrace behind the goal, The pitch is sloped across from one side to another

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The day began with the intention of going to Darlington 1883 after spending time at Gateshead in the Metro Centre we had spent a little too much time and decided to abandon Darlington and go to Tow Law. We got there for KO with 5 minutes to spare and parked right outside the turnstiles. The ground is easily signposted off the A68.

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Tow Law won this game in a 5 goal thriller they coasted into a 2 goal lead with goals from Adam Nicholls and Lewis Teasdale and that was after only 8 Minutes. Town Law had various chances to build on that 2 goal advantage but some fine goalkeeping and wasteful finishing kept the score down. With the H/T whistle about to go with the score at 2-0 just before the whistle went Crook were awarded a free kick and Chris Emms curled the kick into the goal to take the game into half time 2-1 to the hosts. After the half time interval Crook levelled things up when a Dale Elgie shot was deflected into the net. Tow law continued to push for a winner but again fine goalkeeping kept the scores level, but with 5 Minutes remaining from a corner that was cleared Dean Thexton fired in a shot finally beating the Crook goalkeeper to set up a tie with Penrith in the next round. after the game it was a simple trip up the A68 to Corbridge where I joined the A69 back to Carlisle

Ex Carlisle Watch


There were no players in either side that had played for Carlisle that I could see but listed on the Tow Law Coaching staff was Kevin Dixon who signed for Carlisle from Tow Law ahead of the 1983-84 season. He signed a 2 year deal and started 4 out of the 1st 6 games but the club and Kevin failed to score in the 1st 4 games and he was eventually dropped and sent to Hartlepool on loan for 2 Months scoring 3 goals in 6 Appearances. He was back at Carlisle towards the end of the season but still failed to score in a total of 10 Appearances. Carlisle Went on to finish 7th in the old Second Division only missing out on Promotion to the 1st division after a late season slump failing to win any of the last 10 games. Kevin went onto to join Hartlepool Permanently the following season and make 107 Appearances for Hartlepool scoring 26 Goals, before joining Scunthorpe, York, Scarborough, Newcastle Blue Star and Gateshead

In 2002 Carlisle United signed a young 20 Year old called Brian Wake from Tow Law Town. He joined Carlisle United on the 5th of December 2001, from  Tow Law Town, signing a 3 year contract. He was tracked by many other clubs after scoring 50 goals in the Northern League the previous season as Tow Law finished 2nd. Initially Brian was signed by United for to play in the Avon League with the reserves before breaking through into the first team. Unfortunately the transfer embargo came into effect freezing him out of the first team squad for the 2001/02 season. He was loaned back to Tow law when the reserve season finished.Brian scored on his Debut in a 3-1 defeat against Hartlepool.


Brian scoring on his debut

Brian went on to record his 1st United hat trick in a 4-2 win at home against Boston, but his next hat trick was the most important one scoring 3 in a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury to keep united in the football league for another season at least (highlights here). I was there that night in 1 of my 2 visits to Gay Meadow (in fact you can see me in the highlights standing on the wall 02:11 when the Manager came out at the end of the game) another top away day with Carlisle (sadly I was driving so I was sober)


He scored nine that season but fell out of favour under New Manager Paul Simpson the following year and moved on to Gretna. Further spells in Scotland, and in English non-league, followed, before a move to Sweden with Ostersunds. Now 35, he is manager of Swedish third-tier side Ytterhogdals.

Division :- Northern League Div. 2

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1.00
Attendance 165
Score 3-2
Miles from Carlisle  61 Miles

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AFC Fylde V Barrow AFC

Monday 28th August 2017

Mill Farm

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A.F.C. Fylde is a professional football club based in Wesham in the Borough of Fylde, Lancashire, England. Originally known as Kirkham & Wesham following a merger of Kirkham Town and Wesham in 1988, the club adopted its current name in 2008 after winning the FA Vase. They are currently members of the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and play at Mill Farm in Wesham.

The club was formed by the amalgamation of Kirkham Town and Wesham in 1988, adopting the name of a previous club that had played in the West Lancashire League in the years immediately before World War I. The new club assumed Kirkham Town's place in Division One of the West Lancashire League. In 1989–90 they finished bottom of the division and were relegated to Division Two. After three seasons in Division Two they were promoted in the 1992–93 season after finishing third, only to be relegated again in 1994–95. The following season they finished as runners-up in Division Two, losing only two league games all season, and were promoted back to Division One. Following their West Lancashire League championship success in 2006–07, the club were accepted into Division Two of the North West Counties League for the 2007–08 season. At the club's annual general meeting (AGM) in July 2007, a 15-year plan was put forward with the stated aim of reaching the Conference National by 2017, and The Football League by 2022. On 11 May, Kirkham & Wesham won the FA Vase in their first season in the competition, beating Lowestoft Town 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 19,537, with about 14,000 from Lowestoft and about 3,500 Kirkham & Wesham supporters. A goal down for most of the game, Kirkham & Wesham scored twice in the last six minutes, both goals coming from seventeen-year-old substitute Matt Walwyn, son of former Carlisle United & Blackpool player Keith Walwyn, who only played the last 11 minutes of the game. The season also saw the club win the Division Two knockout trophy with a 1–0 win over Bootle, as well as securing promotion to the Premier Division when they beat Castleton Gabriels 3–1 on 26 April. For the start of the 2008–09 season, the club changed their name to A.F.C. Fylde.They won the Premier Division at the first attempt, finishing above New Mills on goal difference and earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. In 2011-12 they Won the Northern League Div 1 North beating Salford City 1-0. In 2013-14 they won the Northern Premier League via they Play offs and with it promotion to National League North beating Ashton United in the Final on Penalties.  In 2014-15 and 2015-16 they lost out in the Play offs finishing 2nd and 3rd in the league. Finally in 2016-17 they won the League and were promoted to the National League.


The club played home games at Kellamergh Park in the village of Warton between 2006 and 2016, having previously played at the council-owned Coronation Road in Kirkham. In 2005 the club purchased land in Kellemargh and began to develop the facilities at a cost of £150,000 in order to meet the requirement for playing in the North West Counties League.


On 19 January 2008, the club announced plans for a further move to yet another new stadium at an unnamed 26-acre (110,000 m2) site. On 3 September 2013, it was announced that plans had been drawn up for a new £18m development, Mill Farm Sports Village, on the outskirts of Wesham, close to junction 3 of the M55. This included a distribution centre, an Aldi supermarket, a hotel, a restaurant, a petrol station, community sports pitches, sports science facilities, and a 6,000-capacity Football League standard football stadium.The stadium plans include a 2,000 capacity all-seater main stand with a supporters' bar, executive boxes and a function room. The planning application for the stadium and associated facilities was accepted by Fylde Borough Council on 4 June 2014, with the ground opened on 13 August 2016

The Ground itself has 1 Main all seater stand with 2 terraces and 1 open end which is open to redevelopment once the need arises

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My 1st Visit to Fylde came on the 17th April 2012 as they played Salford City for the chance to win the Evo Stik 1st Division North, both teams have since gone on to bigger things Salford now lie in National League North (2 Promotions) and Fylde now (3 Promotions) in the National League. Fylde Won 1-0 that day to clinch the title. (Ground 172 ). 116 Grounds and 5 Years later I’m back to Fylde in their new home as they entertain neighbours Barrow. Barrow to Fylde is around 72 Miles to drive, but as the crow flies it’s only 32 Miles such is Barrow’s location in the corner of Cumbria. The journey to Mill Farm is about as simple as it gets for me, Straight down the M6 onto the M55 then off at junction 3 and you come to it within a minute of leaving the motorway,located just outside the Village of Wesham. there is parking at the ground but it’s limited so I parked on the main road just a few minutes walk from the ground. The 90 mile journey took me around an hour and 15 minutes. Since it was a bank holiday the game and was live on TV it was an 7.45pm KO. It meant I could whizz down at night after not being at work all day. When I arrived at the ticket office there was 3 windows open but only 2 guys selling tickets, 1 of the windows said Card only so I queued in the cash queue like most of others sadly the guy selling tickets was moving between the 2 windows and once the queue became to big he stayed in the card only window selling both tickets from there but there was a larger queue in the cash queue and as a result people pushed in and people in the cash queue weren’t getting served. never the less I eventually got a ticket but as I’d wore my Carlisle United Jacket the guy at the ticket office wasn’t sure which end to sell me a ticket for, despite the efforts of the Barrow fans in the queue to get me into the away end. I decided on the home end as I knew I'd be able to move between to area behind the goals and the side.

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The game itself wasn’t the greatest but I managed to bump into a friend and fellow ground hopper Moonhopper which meant the game passed by quicker. James Hardy's second-half header clinched Fylde a 1-0 win against Barrow and their first home victory in the top tier of non-league football. After the game I made the return journey being back on the M55 within minutes.

Ex Carlisle Watch

In the AFC Fylde side was Simon Grand now 33 Simon Played for Carlisle United between 2004 & 2007. Signing for Carlisle in August 2004 after being released by Rochdale. He was a solid defender but was unable to break the Partnership of Kev Gray Peter Murphy and Danny Livesey. He joined Grimsby Town on Loan in Jan 2007 before making the move Permanent shortly after. He went on to play for Morecambe, Fleetwood, Northwich Victoria, Mansfield, Aldershot, Southport AFC Telford, Barrow, Salford and now AFC Fylde.

Making 49 Appearances' with 6 goals one of those goals coming in a 5-0 win away at Darlington when he played the last 10 minutes up front (Goals Via youtube) when I was 1 of around 5,000 Cumbrian’s who were in the away end that day at Darlington’s former home The Reynolds  Arena.



  • National League
    • National League North champions 2016–17
  • Northern Premier League
    • Division One North champions 2011–12
    • Challenge Cup winners 2013–14
    • President's Cup winners 2013–14
  • North West Counties League
    • Premier Division champions 2008–09
  • FA Vase
    • Winners 2007–08
  • West Lancashire League
    • Premier Division champions 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy
    • Winners 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14
Division :- National League
Ticket Price Adult £15
Programme £3
Attendance 2,234
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle  90 miles

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Overall 287

Vale of Leithen V East Stirlingshire

Saturday 26th August 2017

Victoria Park

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Vale of Leithen Football Club are a football club from the town of Innerleithen, Scotland. They play in the Lowland Football League, and their home games take place at the town's Victoria Park.

The club is one of the oldest in the Scottish Borders, having formed in 1891, they became full members of the Scottish Football Association in 1897. The club played at Caddon Park and initially played their first two games as Leithen Vale but subsequently changed their name to Vale of Leithen Football Club. In 1922, they moved to their current home, Victoria Park.

The team's motto is "Keep Faith", and features on their club crest, along with the town's patron saint, St. Ronan. The home strip features a blue shirt with white sleeves, blue shorts and red socks; the away strip is all-red, with white trim on the sleeves.

Vale of Leithen should not be confused with the slightly differently named junior team Vale of Leven.

The club joined the Lowland Football League in 2013 after many years in the East of Scotland League

East of Scotland Football League

  • Winners (4): 1924–25, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1986–87

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I made my way up the A7 to Hawick and took the kids swimming at the pool there we left at 2pm and made our way along the A707 and A72 from Selkirk towards Innerleithen. Vale went up against The Shire with a depleted squad and lost narrowly 0-2 to a good but inconsistent Shire side Paul Sludden and Kevin Kelbie with the goals for shire after 64 Minutes and 90. Vale had 2 players forced off with Injury as well a full report is here on the Vale website. After the game I made my way back Via the B709 and A708 towards Moffat before joining the M74 back to Carlisle We passed through St Mary’s Loch on the way back.

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Division :- Lowland League

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1
Attendance ?
Score 0-2
Miles from Carlisle 73 Miles

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Overall 286

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town

Saturday 12th August 2017

Crilly Park

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Laburnum Rovers were founded in 1956 as an under 14’s side after a few years the club decided to carry on into adult football and after a brief spell in the Leigh League they joined the Bolton Combination. Jack Crilly Succeeded Joe Riley as Chairman and did a lot of hard work to bring the ground up to a reasonable standard, but suddenly died in 1980 and as a tribute to the work he did they named the ground after him. In 1980 they Joined the Cheshire League but a stipulation of entry was that they added the town’s name in the the club title so Atherton Laburnum Rovers was born. In 1982 they became founder members of the North West Counties League they were placed in Div. 2. In 1986–87 despite finishing second-from-bottom of Division Two the club were promoted to Division One as part of league reorganisation and due to the quality of the facilities at Crilly Park. In 1989 floodlights were erected and in 1991 the changing rooms and clubhouse were rebuilt. In 1992-93 the club won the league title with 106 Points but promotion to the Unibond league as it was then was denied due to ground grading. The club won the League again the following season and this time they were promoted to the Unibond League. 1996-97 saw the club struggle financially and they were relegated finishing bottom of the league. The club continued to struggle and were relegated again to Division 2 in 1999-00. Amazingly they won promotion back to the 1st Division at the 1st attempt. They stayed in the now renamed Premier League until 2011-12 when they finished bottom. 13th 2012-13 8th 2013-14 12th 2014-15 17th 2015-16 and 20th in 2016-17 they are hoping to do better this year.

Crilly Park

The club play home matches at Crilly Park, which has a capacity of 3,000, of which 250 is seated; three sides of the ground are covered. They originally played at Laburnum Road Playing Fields, from which they took their name, and used a shed in a nearby allotment as a changing room

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town 12-8-17 (2)


  • North West Counties Football League
    • Division One champions 1992–93, 1993–94
    • Championship Trophy winners 1992–93, 1993–94
  • Bolton Combination
    • Division Two A champions 1965–66
    • Division Two Cup winners 1964–65, 1965–66

The planning had begun for this in early July when I booked train tickets to Wigan for £5 each way I knew there’d be some games on around the area and was relying on the fixture computer being kind. Sure enough when the fixtures came out Atherton LR, Daisy Hill and Ashton Athletic were at home. Unfortunately buses replaced trains between Wigan and Atherton and likewise Daisy Hill, and Ashton was a 25 Minute walk from the station. So I decided on Atherton LR I caught the 1047 from Carlisle an was in Wigan just after 1220 I had lunch and a drink in the Moon Under The Water Wetherspoon’s before boarding the 1310 bus to Atherton. The 40 Minute journey seamed to take forever as we weaved our way through Lancashire and I was the only one on the bus which meant the bus driver kindly dropped me off outside the ground as we went pass which saved me the walk back from the station. Cheadle Town won this game 2-1, The 1st goal came in the 32nd Minute when a cross from Chris Sherrington found Rick Whyatt unmarked in the middle of the pitch and he was able to slide the ball home. 5 minutes later from a corner Cheadle went 2-0 up when the impressive Aaron Fleming headed home from a corner. On 58 minutes Atherton got back into the game when Ryan Allcocks clearance landed straight at the feet of Theo Kidd who smashed home. Home fans were expecting the comeback but it didn’t happen Cheadle held on. After the game I had a short walk to Atherton Station for the 1710 bus back to Wigan and then the 1823 back to Carlisle Arriving home around 2015

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Division:- North West Counties 1st Divison
Ticket Price £5
Programme £1
Attendance 62
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 107
Train tickets £10 Carlisle to Wigan £4.80 Wigan to Atherton

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Overall 285

Dalbeattie Star V University of Stirling

Friday 11th August 2017

Islecroft Stadium


Dalbeattie Star Football Club is a Scottish association football club based in Dalbeattie. The club was founded in 1905 and joined the South of Scotland Football League.They won the league title for the first time in 1924-25 followed by championship success five years running, before the club folded prior to the Second World War. The club re-joined the league after the conflict, but lasted just one season before they folded altogether in 1948. They reformed in 1976 and were successful in winning the league in 1984-85 & 85-86, 88-89 & 89-90 they would then have to wait until 2011-12 and 2012-13 to win it again. For the 2013-14 Season they were admitted to the Lowland Football League.. They were 3rd in the 1st season then 4th 9th and 5th last season.

Islecroft Stadium


The stadium was opened in 1950 it has a capacity of 3,500 with 100 seats. Their is one main stand at Islecroft the distinctive green wooden stand that has seen better days with the changing rooms underneath and the small social club behind the stand. Entry to the social club is via a metal staircase at the side of the stand. There is also another building which houses the tea hut, turnstiles and committee room. The remainder of the ground is open and grass sloped. Floodlights were added in 2016 halfway through the 2016-17 Season.


The nearest railway station is Dumfries which is around 15 Miles away as Dalbeattie Railway Station closed in 1965

I left work just after 1730 and was in Dalbeattie just before 7 I had time for a fish supper at the local chippy, I declined on the local fried pizza delicacy. The game got off to a frantic start when a cross from the right was turned in at the far post by the Stirling forward number 11 Kevin Keane then moments later Stirling were harshly awarded a penalty and from the spot kick Stirling number 8 Paul McCafferty made the game 2-0 and we hadn’t even played 5 minutes. Then moments later Dalbeattie had the ball in the Stirling net when a cross from the left was chested down by the number 7 Lewis Todd and volleyed the ball across the keeper and into the net from the edge of the area a fine goal and it seamed like the come back was on but sadly it wasn’t despite their best efforts Dalbeattie were unable to breach to solid Stirling defence. The Stirling goalkeeper was in fine form. After the game the drive home was pretty simple and took me just over an hour back to Carlisle



  • South of Scotland Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1906–07, 1908–09, 1924–25, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1992–93, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016-17
  • South of Scotland League Cup
    • Winners 1988–89, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland League
    • Winners 1924–25, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland Cup
    • Winners 1929–30, 1930–31
  • Dumfries & Galloway Cup
    • Winners 1911–12, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31


Division :- Lowland League

Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1
Attendance ?
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 51 Miles

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